Double tragedy as the widower of Doctor Who star Mary Tamm dies hours after her funeral

Double tragedy as the widower of Doctor Who star Mary Tamm dies hours after her funeral

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14:01 GMT, 9 August 2012

The widower of Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm died just hours after her funeral.

Marcus Ringrose apparently suffered a heart attack at their Battersea, South London home on Tuesday.

Just hours earlier, he had read his wife's eulogy at her funeral, which took place 12 days after she lost her battle with cancer.

Tragic: Mary Tamm's husband Marcus Ringrose, pictured together in 1994, has also died

Tragic: Mary Tamm's husband Marcus Ringrose, pictured together in 1994, has also died

Her agent Barry Langford confirmed Mr Ringrose had been at his computer responding to letters and condolences for his loss when he collapsed.

The couple, who had been married for 34 years, are survived by their daughter Lauren and seven-year-old grandson Max.

Tamm, who played the first incarnation of the Doctor's companion Romana, alongside Tom Baker, died at her home on July 26 at the age of 62.

The Bradford-born actress had been suffering from cancer for 18 months.

Iconic: Tamm played Romana to Tom Baker's Time Lord in Doctor Who in the Seventies

Iconic: Tamm played Romana to Tom Baker's Time Lord in Doctor Who in the Seventies

Paying tribute to his wife before he died, Ringrose said: 'On set and offstage, her earthy
northern humour and self-deprecating wit brightened every occasion. She
was a consummate actress, and immensely popular in the profession.

'Mary
was born in Bradford, the daughter of impoverished refugees, and
through sheer talent and hard graft got herself to Rada, starred
opposite Jon Voight in The Odessa File, and found a form of immortality
as the Time Lady Romana opposite Tom Baker in Doctor Who.

'We will miss her every day.'

Strong star: Tamm recently starred in Wire In The Blood, Jonathan Creek and Paradise Heights

Strong star: Tamm recently starred in Wire In The Blood, Jonathan Creek and Paradise Heights

Tamm played the role of Time Lady Romanadvoratrelundar, Romana for short, from 1978 to 1979.

She
reportedly refused to reprise her role on the show after her character
became more of a damsel in distress and less of an independent hero.

As
well as Doctor Who, Mary had starring roles in films The Odessa File
and The Likely Lads and she also appeared in soaps Brookside and
EastEnders.

Mr Langford,
her agent of 22 years, told the Daily Mirror: 'She had a great zest for
life. She was a fantastic actress – she played stage parts of such
range, parts that would take your breath away.

'She could play any role, and do so wonderfully.'